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James McAuliffe Jr

June 7, 1945 — December 11, 2023

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James McAuliffe Jr


James Edward McAuliffe, Jr., 78, of Charleston, SC passed away
on Monday, December 11, 2023.

Born on June 7, 1945, in Highland Park, MI to the late Mary
Shea McAuliffe and the late James Edward McAuliffe, Sr., Jim
was the eldest of 8 rowdy siblings. He attended Michigan State
University, where he met his future wife, Christine Clark. After
graduating from college, Jim began his career in Human
Resources at Prestolite in Bay City, MI and continued in the
field until retiring from Kaiser Aluminum in 2012.

Upon retirement, Jim and Chris began crossing off places on
their bucket list that they wanted to visit, such as Italy and
Bordeaux, France. In addition to traveling and exploring with
Chris, Jim enjoyed playing golf and joined in on the occasional
club golf tournament with his wife and friends. He also loved
hunting and fishing and shared many trips and fishing stories
with his father-in-law and friends. Jim was known for his
integrity, strong work ethic, and generosity. You could usually
find an extra or two seated at the dinner table or sharing the
slopes on a ski trip out West.

Jim’s proudest accomplishment in life was his family. He loved
with his whole heart and was one of the proudest Papas
around. He loved spending time with his family, and anyone
who knew him would see the pride on his face when speaking

of them. With his love for water, Jim was an excellent swimmer
and an avid fisherman who could often be found on his boat.
He made sure to pass this love for swimming and fishing on to
his grandchildren and made it a priority to take them on an
intercoastal fishing trip every summer.

Jim is survived by his children: Heather (Jon) Shell; Mathew
(Nicole) McAuliffe; Michael (Leora) McAuliffe; grandchildren: JJ,
Jack and Sophia Shell; Chase, Ashland and Mathew Jr.; Eleanor
and Anna McAuliffe; and siblings: Dan (Kathy) McAuliffe;
Maureen (Scot) Chapman; Jennie (Tom) Mamula; Mary
Ellen(Bruce) Valliant; Karen (Duane) Kanotz; and Kelly (Pat)

Jim is preceded in death by his brother, Michael A. McAuliffe.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday,
December 19 at St. Claire of Assisi Catholic Church (990 Etiwan
Park Street, Charleston, SC 29492). In lieu of flowers, please
consider donating to either Rock Steady Boxing “Fighting Back
Against Parkinson’s” (6847 Hillsdale Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46250)
or South Carolina Aquarium (100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston,
SC 29401).

Arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral
Home, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; tel.
(843) 884-3833.

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Past Services


Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church

990 Etiwan Park St, Charleston, SC 29492

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